Saturday, August 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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SEMINAR: A seminar was organised by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) at the local Regional Fruit Research Station to educate farmers about pest management. Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, Mr Surender Kumar Jakhar, Director, IFFCO and KRIBHCO, and Dr Darshan Singh, Head, Department of Entomology, PAU, were among those who addressed the farmers.

AMOUNT SANCTIONED: The Market Committee of Amloh has sanctioned Rs 27.5 lakh for the construction of auction platforms and purchase centres in the area and Rs 28 lakh for the construction of a road from Amloh to Shamshpur. This was stated by Ms Paramjit Kaur Bhagrana and Mr Kamlesh Chibba, president and secretary of the committee, respectively. Mr Bhagrana claimed that Amloh Market Committee would become the first committee in the state to provide a mobile toilet, costing Rs 4.5 lakh, to the farmers at Mandi Gobindgarh grain market in the coming paddy season. She also claimed that all arrangements for the purchase of paddy have been made. She further said that Rs 40 lakh had been paid in the shape of bonus to the farmers. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Class IV Employees Union of the Health Department: president — Mr Sikander Singh; secretary — Mr Harinvder Singh; cashier — Mr Bhagat Singh; auditor — Ms Anju Samiga; and Adviser — Mr Joginder Lal.

REIKI CAMP: A three-day free healing camp is being organised by the Reiki centre at Lala Prabhdayal Dharamshala Trust from Sunday to Tuesday. Reiki healing will be provided under the supervision of Reiki grandmasters, Mr Harish Chhabra and Ms Asha Chhabra. This was stated by Mr Chhabra here on Thursday.

VIKAS MANCH’S PLEA: The Amritsar Vikas Manch has demanded a separate transformer switch for the residential areas of Sultanwind village. In a letter to the SDO, Mall Mandi subdivision, the president of the manch, Mr Charanjit Gumtala, said half of the village was plunged into darkness whenever the switch was off. It was common for tubewells and residential areas, he said.

SALARIES NOT PAID: As many as 2,224 teaches of primary and middle schools of Punjab, appointed under the Operation Blackboard scheme several years ago, besides 100 teachers appointed in 50 newly opened primary schools in different parts of the state, have not been paid salaries for June and July. According to sources, the teachers have not been paid salaries as their posts have not been sanctioned on a permanent basis. Mr Raj Kishore Kalra, spokesperson, Government Primary and Secondary Schoolteachers Union, Punjab, demanded here on Friday that the salaries of the teachers be released forthwith.

TWO COMMIT SUICIDE: Jarnail Singh (42) of Kheowal village in the subdivision allegedly committed suicide along with his mistress, Parkash Kaur (22), by jumping into the Gang canal. According to the Sadar police, Fazilka, the two were missing since Tuesday. Their bodies were recovered on Thursday from Azamwala village.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRUGS: The working committee of Bhai Ghanaya Ji Sewa Sanstha (regd) in its meeting held recently lauded the campaign against drugs started by Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, Ludhiana. The members appealed to the principals of schools and colleges, gurdwara parbandhak committees, NGOs and service clubs to launch such programmes to fight drug menace. The president of the sanstha, Mr Jagtar Singh Garib, said their organisation would render its full support to such programmes aimed at warning people against the grave consequences of drug addiction. 

STATIONERY DISTRIBUTED: The Rotary Club of Ludhiana north organised a function at Anand Model High School, Humbran Road, on Thursday. Students presented dance, songs and plays as a part of a cultural programme on the occasion. Fruits and stationery items like notebooks, pencils and erasers were distributed to the students. A cash amount of Rs 1,600 was donated to the school. Mr R.S. Grewal, Principal, GGN Public School, was the chief guest. Principal Kuldip Singh, president of the club, urged the students to work hard. 

CARD LAUNCHED: The Swisscom launched its prepaid global roaming sim card here on Friday. The card will enable the subscribers to call from 112 countries around the world at a uniform rate. Announcing this here on Friday, a company official, Mr Vikram Kashyap, said the product required no contract, no monthly rental or no connection fee. He said the calling rates were about 80 per cent less than other alternatives available in India. He said a call from London to India so far cost Rs 130 per minute, but with Genie it would cost Rs 70 only. 

JAIL SUPERINTENDENT DIES: Mrs Paramjit Kaur, Superintendent of the Women Jail, Ludhiana, passed away after a short illness here on Friday. She was 47. She is survived by her husband Rachpal Singh, and two sons and one daughter. Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, attended the funeral procession. Among others who attended the funeral were Mr Swarana Ram, Tourism Minister, Mr S.K. Datta, Assistant Inspector General Jail, Mr Gursharan Singh, Superintendent Central Jail, Mr Ajit Singh Kochar, Minister Jails, and Mr R.S. Chalia, IG Prison, have also conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family. 

CONDEMNED: The People for Animals (PFA), Ludhiana, has demanded an inquiry into the killing of seven cows in Sohian Kalan village in Majitha Police District of Amritsar. Stating this in a press note, Dr Sandeep K. Jain, president of the PFA and member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, said a strict action should be taken against the culprits under Sections 428 and 429 of the IPC and the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960, and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001. Dr Jain said he had requested Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, to intervene and order an inquiry into the case. 

CAMP: Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle organised a dharam vichar camp at Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School, Noorwala Road, here on Friday. Principal Satnam Singh, member of the organisation, said the students should follow the teaching of Guru Granth Sahib. He asked the teachers to strive for creating religious awareness among the students. Ms Mandeep Kaur, another member, delivered a lecture on personality development. A question-answer round was also held. A quiz based on questions from various religious books was organised and winners were awarded books. Ms Manoj Khosla, Principal, appreciated the efforts of the students and gave away the prizes. 

DOCTOR HONOURED: Dr Ramesh, Director, Eye Bank Mansuran, was honoured by the State Agriculture Minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, during the district-level Independence Day Function at Government College, for his services to humanity. The eye bank has organised many free medical and eye operation camps in the district. Dr Ramesh also motivated several villagers for the noble cause of eye donation. 

FAMILY WELFARE CAMP: The Health Department organised a district-level family welfare camp at the Dr B. L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital on Friday. Over 45 tubectomy and vasectomy operations were conducted during the camp. More than 135 eye patients were examined on this occasion. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Neelam Bassi, District Family Welfare Officer, and Mr S.P. Puri was the guest of honour. The camp was sponsored by the Rotary Club.

ELECTED: Mr Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu was unanimously elected state president of the government Ayurvedic and Unani Upvaid Union, Punjab, during the recent elections of union. A 28-member executive committee was also formed on the occasion. The union leader demanded early implementation of their demands by the state government. 

TRADERS’ MEET: “The Punjab Government has failed to fulfill the promises made to the traders regarding abolition of octroi, removal of sales tax barriers, withdrawal of hike in electricity tariff, increase in sales tax limit from Rs 5 lakh to 15 lakh, withdrawal of false cases against the traders, etc.” This was stated by Mr Amrit lal Jain, president, Punjab Beopar Mandal, while talking to mediapersons here on Friday. Mr Om Parkash Gupta, president of an association of Mandi Gobindgarh and Khanna traders, said a state conference of traders would be organised at Yuvraj Palace here on Sunday to decide the line of action for getting their demands accepted. 

MISHAP: A motor mechanic, Giani, was killed when his bicycle was hit by a car near the local Government Nehru Memorial College on Wednesday. The mechanic was returning home when the mishap occurred. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. The car owner also received minor injuries.

PENALTY RECOVERED: The district Transport Department has recovered more than Rs 52 lakh as penalty from vehicle owners for the violation of traffic rules. This was stated by the District Transport Officer, Mr Pritpal Singh Grewal, here on Thursday. During the past four months, the department had recovered about Rs 25 lakh.

CONDEMNED: The petrol station dealers associations of Moga, Ferozepore, Muktsar and Faridkot districts on Friday condemned the decision of the Union Government to forcibly open the petrol stations of dealers in case they started an indefinite strike on Monday. Stating this here on Friday, the district general secretary of the dealers association, Mr Gurmeet Singh Khokhar, said a strike would be launched on Monday if their demands were not conceded.

EVE-TEASING: Mr Bachan Singh Randhawa, SP, said here on Friday that persons engaged in eve-teasing would be strictly dealt with. He said such persons would be booked and a register recording their names would be maintained under the Punjab police rules at police stations. He said the traffic system would be channelised to remove hazards and ensure smooth flow of traffic.

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE: A state-level educational conference will be organised on Saturday at Rajpura. The conference is being organised by the Punjab Private Schools Organisation headed by Mr Manjit Singh Kauli. Its chief adviser, Mr P.L. Kheti said the conference would extend felicitations to the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, the Punjab School Education Board Chairman, Dr Kehar Singh, and others for accepting demands of the organisation. 

MEETING ORGANISED: The district police on Thursday organised a meeting of Dastak, a public grievances redressal forum, on the premises of the local CIA, according to Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP. She said 53 complaints were entertained at the meeting and a compromise was effected in nine cases.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among residents of Daon Majra, Radiala, Ghataur, Alapur and Sahoran villages over the alleged loading of cattle for slaughter houses from Focal Point, Daon Majra on the Kharar-Kurali road. The villagers have decided to stage a dharna outside the office of the SDM on Thursday if the administration failed to impose ban on the loading of cattle. According to a press note issued here on Friday by Mr Ranbir Singh Dhillon, president Punjab Kisan Sabha, a demand for the shifting of the loading centre was made to the Deputy Commissioner. On the directions by the Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) visited the spot on Friday where the sarpanch of the village along with others requested him to shift the loading centre as it was creating problems for the residents of the villages. The ADC assured them of sending recommendations to the Punjab Government.

INAUGURATED: Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Welfare Minister, inaugurated a link road and laid the foundation stone of a Dalit dharamshala at the nearby Chahal Khurd village on Thursday.

PLANTATION DRIVE: Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, on Thursday inaugurated a sapling plantation drive launched by the local World Youth Club Organisation by planting a sapling at Adarsh Public School, Khatkar Kalan, about 10 km from here. The organisation has selected 23 villages for planting saplings. Prof B.S. Balli, DPRO, Mr Jaswinder Singh, Sarpanch, Mr Kashmira Singh, president, PTA Committee of the school, Mr Harjinder Singh Gulpur and Mr Desh Raj, president of the organisation, were among those who addressed the gathering.

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: Devotees of the Dera Sacha Sauda (Sirsa) organised ‘‘naam charcha’’ at Mehli village, about 25 km from here, on Wednesday to mark the birth anniversary of Sant Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh. This was stated by Mr Ashok Kumar, local sevadar of the dera.

AMBULANCE DONATED: Mr Gurcharan Singh, an NRI belonging to the nearby Chakdana village, has donated an ambulance to the District Red Cross Society. He handed over its keys to the Deputy Commissioner on the occasion of the Independence Day function organised here.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The local Lions Club (Nawanshahr city), in collaboration with the Blood Donors Council, organised a blood donation camp at the local BDC Complex on Wednesday to mark the Independence Day. Mr Iqbal Singh, president of the club, inaugurated the camp at which 33 units of blood were collected.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED: Patiala walian bibian, a Dhadhi jatha, launched its website here on Friday. The jatha, which claims it is the first Dhadhi jatha of women in Sikh history, gives an account of history of Dhadhi vaar and Guru Hargobind’s efforts to promote this art. The jatha has been the first such religious organisation that has tried to promote Sikhism through multimedia. The jatha includes Bibi Jaswinder Kaur, Bibi Rawinder Kaur, Bibi Balwinder Kaur and Mr Jatinder Singh Sidhu. The jatha has not only been successful in India but has also performed well abroad. Bibi Jaswinder Kaur, founder and president of the International Women Dhadhi Sabha said the Dhadhi vaar singing was a folk art and must be promoted at the school and college level. The jatha felt that the Punjab government, the SGPC and other Sikh organisations were not doing much towards preserving the art. The website provides complete information about the jatha and its motives, achievements, awards and honours. The site has been prepared by Rahul Prabhakar, a 10-year-old boy. The site provides links to SGPC, Sikhnet, Sikhpoint and Sikhhistory sites.

MC ELECTION: Mr K.K. Bharti has been elected vice-president of the Nagar Council, Samrala. His name was proposed by Mrs Malkiat Kaur Dhillon and was seconded by Mr Jeet Singh while all members of the SAD and the BJP remained absent. 

PROGRAMME: A programme on tree plantation, breast feeding and malaria eradication scheme was organised in Khahra and Dayalpura villages, near here, on Friday with the help of the respective panchayats. The chief guest, Mr Parminder Singh Brar, Medical Officer of Mehdoodan, spoke on the eradication of malaria while Ms Avtar Kaur, CDPO, stressed the importance of breast feeding. They also planted saplings on the anganwadi grounds. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Paras Rang Manch Samrala: president — Mr Paramjit Singh; vice-president — Mr Gurpreet Singh; general secretary — Mr Umesh Sharma; finance secretary — Mr Kuldeep Singh; chief advisers — Mr Gurdev Bimbra and Mr Vijay Balli; and patrons — Mr Surinder Bhalla and Mr Som Nath Sharma. 

RELIEF CAMP: The newly constituted Punjab Police State Apex Committee of NGO Projects organised a relief camp at Dairy Training Centre, Beeja, 10 km from here, on Thursday, with the help of Khanna police. Food items, clothes and money were distributed to 30 destitute old persons by the Helpage India on this occasion. Cheques and free notebooks were given to 12 poor students by Baba Deep Singh Health Care Welfare Society of the Lions Club, Greater Khanna. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion, wherein 21 persons donated blood. Besides, a special award was presented to the Head Constable, Mr Jaspal Singh, who is in charge of the Police First Aid Post, Samrala. The function was presided over by Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Khanna. Dr P.S. Jassi, a consultant of UNICEF, and Mr Gursharan Jeet Singh, secretary of the committee, were the chief guest and the guest of honour, respectively. 



I-DAY CELEBRATIONS: The Lions Club Chandigarh Shivalik celebrated Independence Day by creating awareness about Diabetes, its control and remedies, amongst people residing in colonies. Handbills were distributed in Hallo Majra, Mauli Jagran villages and labour colony No. 5 by the club members under the presidentship of Mr R.S Vasdev. They were told about the symptoms of the disease and the do’s and don’ts. The project was undertaken by the club as per the directions by the Lions Club International USA and district Governor, Mr D.K Sood. Meanwhile, more than 250 person were examined during a free diabetes detection camp organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Moonstar under the leadership of Mr A.S Bedi at Sector 19-C market. The club also organised a light breakfast for the children of Bal Niketan and distributed books and stationery among them. The function was inaugurated by its regional chairman, Mr Sanjeev Gupta and zone chairman, Mr Sushil Goyal, of district 321-F. 

DHARNA: In protest against the unfilled vacancies arisen due to voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), the employees of the Central Bank of India staged a dharna here on Friday at the bank square. “There is an immediate need to make fresh recruitments and promotions of the clerical staff”, said Mr B.S. Gill, general secretary of a bank union. The employees said the workload and increased manifold after the scheme was availed by around 8,000 employees of the bank. The union members also demanded changes in the promotion policy agreement clause. The union members claimed that the claims of reduction in non performing assets (NPAs) were wrong. Mr Gill said there was a need for an act to ensure quick recovery of bad loans by the bankers.


RICKSHAW PULLERS' MEETING: A general meeting of the Haryana Rickshaw Chalak Sangh was held under the presidentship of Mr Mohan Lal at Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Office. In the meeting it was decided that the rickshaw pullers would not contribute money to any organisation till basic facilities, like rickshaw stand and drinking water was not provided to them. A meeting of rickshaw pullers from all over the state has been called on September 9, according to a press note. Among others, Mr C.M. Masih, Mr Nathu Ram, Mr Phool Chand, Mr Amarnath Tiwari, Mr Ram Chandra Yadav, Mr Raj Kumar and Mr Prem Kumar were also present. 

SAPLINGS PLANTED: In the second phase of the saplings plantation programme, Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, planted saplings at MDSD (Girls) College, here. Students and NCC and NSS volunteers planted saplings within and outside the college complex. Mr Gautam said the programme was initially targeted from August 3 to 14 but due to the overwhelming response of the people, the drive had been extended to August 24. 

PLANTATION CAMP: MDSD Girls College, here on Friday organised a sapling plantation camp in the college. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahender Kumar, who were present on the occasion, planted some saplings within and out side the college premises. The NSS, NCC and youth club of the college also participated in the campaign. Around 100 saplings were planted on the occasion. Mr Gautam stressed on the need of saving the nature from pollution by planting more tree. He urged the students to take part in such activities. Mrs Kiran Angra, Principal; office-bearers of the management and other prominent citizen were also present on the occasion. 

SIX INJURED: Six persons were injured when the matador in which they were travelling rammed into a tree on the Ambala-Jagadhari road near Mulana here on Friday. According to information, the injured along with others were on their way to Saharanpur when the accident took place. They were taking ashes of one of their elders to Hardwar. While crossing Mulana, the driver lost control of the matador and it rammed into a tree. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. 

WELFARE SOCIETY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Senior Citizen Welfare Society, Community Centre, Sector 16, Faridabad: President — Mr M.L. Batra; Senior Vice-President — Mr C.L. Verma; Vice-President — Mr D.R. Talwar; General Secretary — Mr C.S. Dahiya; Secretaries — Mr B.K. Arora; Mr I.C. Manchanda and Mr R.L. Narula and Treasurer — Mr O.P. Goyal. Ten executive members were also elected.

ROBBERY BID: Three motorcycle-borne armed youths made an attempt to loot a petrol station near Safidon town, about 30 km from here, on Thursday. According to reports received here on Friday, one of the youths fired shots from his pistol when employees of the petrol station put up a resistance. Ranbir, an employee, was injured in the shooting. The youths snatched a bag containing Rs 500 from an employee and fled. Ranbir has been admitted to Community Health Centre at Safidon.

WOMAN DIES: Chando Devi, a married woman, succumbed to her serious burn injuries, at the local General Hospital on Thursday. According to reports, she was seriously burnt when her clothes caught fire while she was cooking food.

SHOPPING COMPLEX: The Sonepat Municipal Council has decided to construct a shopping complex on the premises of the old Civil Hospital on the local railway road. According to official sources, the shopping complex will consist of 21 shops, an office, 78 showrooms, 46 double-storeyed booths, 18 booths, a bank premises, a verandah and a parking lot. A sum of Rs 50 lakh will be spent on its construction.

CROPS DAMAGED: Although the swollen Yamuna continues to recede in the Khadar tract of the district, its swirling water has washed away standing crops, including paddy, jowar and sugarcane, along the embankments. A large number of affected farmers have complained that no officer of the Irrigation Department was seen at the site during the past few days. Meanwhile, residents of Bega, Bilaspur and Khojipur villages on Friday urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the execution of works to check the erosion of land on the Haryana side by Yamuna water.


ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Villagers of the gram panchayats of Chhadole, Kutehala and Jagatkhana gathered at Jagatkhana, near here, on Wednesday and expressed resentment over the failure of successive governments to complete the construction of the link road from Jagatkhana to Baned. This road is said to be under construction for the past 40 years. Presided over by Mr Sukhdev Bhatia, a social worker of the area, a meeting of villagers urged Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to order a high-level probe into the matter.

SPECIAL COMPONENT PLAN: The government will spend Rs 7.87 crore under the special component plan during the current financial year on the uplift of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the district. Presiding over a district-level meeting of officers to survey the work done under this plan during the past three months, the acting Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.L. Sharma, said Rs 2.98 crore would be spent on providing stipends to students.

ELECTROCUTED: Gorkhiya Ram, an ex-serviceman, was electrocuted after he climbed an electricity pole to rectify a fault at Sheel, his native village, under Kakkarhatti panchayat, about 24 km from here, on Wednesday. According to information, he climbed the pole around 9 p.m. when electricity was disrupted in the village.

ENVIRONMENT CLUBS: Under the backward area sub-plan, a sum of Rs 2.97 crore was spend in the district during the first quarter of the year. This was stated at a 20-point programme review committee meeting here on Thursday by the Forest Minister, Thakur Rup Singh. He said 100 schools had been identified where environment clubs would be set up to create awareness among students about the significance of forests and the need to check environmental degradation.


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